As an employer, there are inevitably some external factors that affect your business every now and then that are out of your control. For example, if you’re running a building or construction company then you’re often reliant on weather. It’s the same for seasonal shops such as ice cream parlours by the coast. If the weather takes a bad turn, especially for an extended period of time, this can damage your business.
Similarly, when an employee unexpectedly takes a sick day you need to efficiently run your business with fewer workers. If it’s a virus or sickness bug, you could even end up having more than one member of staff absent. For when this eventuality occurs, manager’s often put in place a contingency plan of who should cover another person’s role whilst they are ill. This can result in your staff being overworked or stretched to their maximum capacity, which can have a poor effect on your business and employees.
Instead of planning for when it happens, why not plan to prevent it happening at all? In 2017 it was reported than sickness absence was down from the year before, from 2.3% to 2.2%. Whilst this is a very small decrease, it’s still encouraging. It shows that business owners are taking the right steps to ensure they have a happy and healthy workforce.
Keeping your workers motivated and happy to come into work every day can be extremely difficult but it’s important to discourage sick days whenever they can be prevented. There are many ways you can keep your staff healthy, such as:
Based on the statistics from 2017, it’s clear to see that many employers are thinking of ways to decrease sickness days. By taking steps to evaluate your businesses attitude to sickness absences, you are not only helping your employees but also benefitting your company in the long run.